American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Research Committee sponsored the 2014 Outcomes Research Course on December 4-6. The next offering of this educational activity will be held in 2016. Details will be posted as they become available.

Course Description

The course is designed for clinical and health services researchers with varying degrees of experience in the field. Participants are able to select modules appropriate to their skill level and interest. Participants new to the field will be able to focus on didactics and skills-based labs in managing, analyzing, and interpreting large datasets. Meanwhile, participants with more established research agendas will be able to present their research to experts for critique and advice. Participants will also be exposed to scientific and practical aspects of ongoing surgical outcomes research of leaders in the field.

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Educational Objectives

  • Provide a primer on the core methodologies in outcomes and health services research, along with their applications in surgery.
  • Help surgeons manage, analyze, and interpret information from clinical registries and administrative databases.
  • Provide surgeons with practical advice on developing an outcomes research agenda and academic careers in this area. Participants will meet peers, selected from surgical departments in U.S. and Canadian academic medical centers, and have ample opportunity to network with faculty consisting of surgeons in the forefront of outcomes research.

The program features lectures, labs, and breakout sessions in:

  • Fundamentals of outcomes research
  • Designing high-level observational studies and assessing validity
  • Working with administrative data and clinical registries
  • Health-related quality of life assessment, decision analysis/cost-effectiveness analysis, and meta-analysis
  • Managing and analyzing large datasets
  • Critique and feedback on participant research
  • Faculty research in progress
  • Career-building strategies (for example, learning more, resources, external funding)

What previous attendees have said about the Outcomes Research Course:

“The course opened me up to opportunities particularly related to qualitative research and patient reported outcomes that I hope to incorporate into my research.”

“I feel that I have better tools and resources to initiate outcomes research projects. This program exposed me to avenues and research protocols that would never have occurred to me.

“It opened my eyes regarding methods of research that I had not considered before.”


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME and Self-Assessment Credit

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 15 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

Contact Information

Course Questions

Please submit your inquiries to Carla Manosalvas, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care at

Registration Questions

For registration-related questions, please contact Registration Services at